It isn’t often that I pass up the wooden section of the thrift store. I mean…there is #trashure to be found! Sometimes though, you can find wooden items hidden here and there too. Take for instance this little box. It was hidden in the Christmas section of the store. The vision I had for it was a farmhouse kitchen caddy. Do you see it?
While I often prefer to build my own decor from reclaimed scraps and such, it’s I also enjoy recreating found objects. This stenciled box sure wouldn’t suit my decor as-as, but it makes for the perfect upcycling candidate.
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I’ve created a video tutorial for you below so you can see how easy it really is to do these techniques I’ll be sharing.
TIME TO RECREATE THE CADDY
First, those stenciled pine trees had to GO. I like rustic, but this is kinda cutesy rustic. Out comes my favorite sander to play. tee hee.
Next, I used a Briarsmoke Stain to give it an darker aged effect and also tried to match the dowel handle. I think I nailed it. woot!
I let the stain soak in for about 5 minutes and then wipe off excess with an old rag. Don’t you think we’re headed in the right direction?
After the stain cures, it’s time to add a whitewash of a flat latex paint. One of my favorite brushes is the Stubby Brush as it fits my hand wonderfully and makes dry brushing easy. You can see all 7 styles of brushes available in my online shop.
TYPOGRAPHY IS FUN
There is no doubt typography has my heart. I do enjoy stencils and they have their place, but designing and applying my own designs is where it’s at. I share the steps how I created this look for the farmhouse kitchen caddy in the video. Feel free to ask questions or check out my original transfer technique post HERE.
While I usually prefer my artist’s brushes and paint, I often use Sharpies to fill in my work too. Using an old maker makes for a ready-to-go aged effect.
Last, but not least, I distress the caddy a bit and then add a smidgen of brown wax for added aged appeal. Notice I’m using an old Square Brush to do the job. That’s why these brushes are my favorite and why I offer them in my shop. So versatile!
Here is my farmhouse kitchen caddy all cute and ready to go. Do you love it too? I tell ya that there is so many ways you could take a cast-off like this an recreate it to suit your home. My jam is farmhouse with a touch of industrial, French, cottage chic.
Needless to say, I had a blast recreating this thrifted find into something fun. What would you have done to it, if not farmhouse? I’d love to hear!
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